Regency Blue John Giltwood Center Table
Regency Blue John Giltwood Center Table Regency Blue John Giltwood Center Table Regency Blue John Giltwood Center Table Regency Blue John Giltwood Center Table
Regency Blue John Giltwood Center Table

Regency Blue John Giltwood Center Table

  • This incredible Regency center table features a solid Blue John top
  • The Blue John is the largest know specimen from the Millers Vein
  • The tripod giltwood base was commissioned and made especially for the top
  • In terms of rarity and craftsmanship, this is one of the most important furnishings on the market
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Item No. 30-9033
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This amazing Regency giltwood center table incorporates the largest specimen of scarce Millers Vein Blue John known to exist.

The scarcity of this English stone makes a piece of this remarkable size all the rarer. Blue John is nearly impossible to find in this stunning size. Blue John is found in geological deposits known as "veins", or fractures in rocks that contain particular minerals or ores that run deep underground. Historically, there have been 14 distinct veins of Blue John, with the specimen found in this center table originating from the Millers Vein. Each vein has its own distinctive color and banding of blue, purple, yellow and white. Examples of Millers Vein are characterized by the broad yellow/white bands with thinner bands of rich purple in between. The Blue John found in this table top is believed to be the largest specimen hailing from the famed Millers Vein known to exist.

Due to its popularity, the largest veins of Blue John had disappeared by the early 19th century, and only a small amount of the stone remains today. Due to this scarcity, most examples of Blue John furniture feature small inset veneers. By contrast, this rare table features a whole, intact slab of Blue John that measures an amazing 21 inches in diameter. It represents some of the last and largest ornamental wares created of such grand size and proportion, though other smaller examples still grace the stately British estates of Chatsworth, Hardwick, Keddleston, and Haddon, among others.

Hardstone furnishings such as this were popular among the British aristocracy during the 19th century, and connoisseurs actively sought out the most gifted artisans from which to commission these exquisite masterworks. This particular table hails from an important titled British estate where it has been since it was designed and commissioned. Today, it stands as a stunning example of both Italian artistry and the natural beauty of Blue John.

Tripod base stamped "E.R."

Circa 1840

21" diameter x 31" high
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:England
Style:Regency
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